Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Skinwalker's Apprentice~ Promo & My Review

The Skinwalker's Apprentice

Summary from Goodreads:
New York City 1984: It’s Emerald Kipp’s sixteenth birthday, and nothing has changed. She’s still the biggest loser in school, she’s still trying to find a place for herself and yeah, she’s still a witch. Her last year of high school is turning out to be the worst yet, and Emerald thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. Unfortunately for her, she’s dead wrong.

East Hampton, NY 1658: The Pennyfeathers are the black sheep of their small English settlement. As hard as they try to keep the family secrets just that, the magical bunch just can’t seem to fit in. But when a High Priestess witch chooses 16-year-old Margo Pennyfeather as an apprentice, Margo’s luck finally begins to change. What she doesn’t know, is there’s a lot more to her apprenticeship, and to being a witch, than she could ever imagine

Discover the mysterious beginnings of The Empire Witch Series in "The Skinwalker's Apprentice: An Emerald Kipp Novella."

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About the Author
Claribel Ortega is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase journalism program, and got her start writing for the school’s Independent Newspaper. There, she quickly rose the ranks from editing the student’s often times hilarious ads and ramblings on the back page of the paper to staff and feature writer.

After graduation, Claribel worked as a reporter for The Rivertowns Enterprise, a local paper in lower Westchester County, New York. As a reporter, she enjoyed going to board of education meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks.
Today, Claribel works for The Combined Book Exhibit, a book marketing company in Westchester NY.
She lives in New York with her really awesome boyfriend, her suspiciously intelligent yorkie Pancho Villa and is surrounded by an impenetrable fort of books she gets from her job.

“The Skinwalker’s Apprentice” is her first book, and cheese is her favorite food.

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My Review
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deep Dark Secret is Being Kept July 29, 2014

Emerald and Margo are teenage witches, living in different time periods. Margo, in the late 1600's and Emerald is in the 1980's―both living in New York.
Margo is accepted by a high priestess in witchcraft to be her apprentice. More than honored, Margo tries her best to do everything that is required of her to gain approval from the priestess. But there is a deep, dark secret being kept and soon Margo will be fighting for her life.

Emerald is in high school and getting into mischief. She's got a rebellious streak but is still a good kid, and like most teens her age, trying to figure her way in life. She ponders the well-known question, "What should I do after graduation?" While trying to find her way, little does she know, something foul is brewing behind the scenes.

The Skinwalker's Apprentice is a spellbinding story, well written, with a great amount of thought and imagination integrated into it. The nail-biting conflict grows very intense as the plot escalates. The spells, dark-magic and non stop action had me on the edge of my seat anticipating what was going to happen next.

Claribel has cleverly puzzled together a fascinating tale that will have you intrigued and mystified up until the very last page. I recommend this book to all fantasy and suspense lovers―teens as well as adults.

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